Wesley Community Centers of Savannah - Investing for Maximum Impact
By Tammy A.K. Mixon-Calderon
Executive Director of Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc., Savannah
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the economic, educational, and spiritual growth, through excellence in early learning care and services, for women, children, and families. The people we serve face homelessness and poverty. Labeled the “working poor,” they are in continuous financial crisis. Children lack two-parent households. Or they are placed in foster care.
When Miss Aletta Rutland of Baxley passed away in 1996, she gave the Georgia United Methodist Foundation $50,000 to manage on Wesley’s behalf. Our goal is to continue to be good stewards of the endowment funds provided in order to help the “least of these” and the most in need.
Wesley serves approximately 4,500 homeless and low-income women, children, and families each year. We are grateful for this legacy gift because these funds allow us to provide scholarships and classroom supplies for children like Pam* who need childcare and are in the foster care system. Here’s her story.
Pam would not smile or interact much with the teacher or other students. During rest time she was tired, but refused to nap because “when she wakes up, she is with a different family.” The teacher and students created “Wesley Family Photo Albums” to make her feel loved. She viewed the albums whenever she felt the need. As time went on, Pam began to interact with her peers, became very verbal during group discussions, and began to take naps.
*The name has been changed to protect the child’s identity.